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Chattering Lory - BirdForum Opus

Lorius garrulus
Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Foli, Halmahere, Indonesia, August 2007


30cm. Sexes similar

  • Head bright red
  • Shoulders dark red
  • Mantle either red or red with a yellow patch (depending on subspecies)
  • Wings green
  • Wing bend and under wing coverts yellow
  • Tail red with green tip
  • Belly orange
  • Cere grey
  • Iris orange-red
  • Bill orange
  • Feet grey

Juvenile: Bill and iris dark


South-east Asia: found in North Maluku, Indonesia.



There are 3 subspecies:

  • L. g. morotaianus:
  • L. g. garrulus:
  • Northern Moluccas (Halmahera, Widi and Ternate)
  • L. g. flavopalliatus:
  • Northern Moluccas (Kasiruta, Bacan, Obi and Mandiole)


Mangrove forests.



The diet includes nectar, insects, buds and seeds.


They nests in hole in tall trees; 2 eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Centralpets
  3. ARKive

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